Indonesia morning news for January 8

Indonesia morning news for January 8

Indonesia morning news

Over 40,000 pigs killed as African swine fever outbreak in N. Sumatra worsens
The African swine fever (ASF) and hog cholera outbreak affecting pigs in North Sumatra in the past few months has worsened, spreading to 18 regencies and cities across the province.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia repatriates 40 bride trafficking victims from China
The Embassy of Indonesia in Beijing has repatriated some 40 Indonesian women trafficked to several regions in China in 2019.
— Antara News

TNI’s Air Force Deploys Four F-16 Fighter Jets to Natuna
Indonesian Military (TNI) Air Force flies four F-16 fighter jets from the 16th Air Squadron in Roesmin Nurjadin Airbase to Natuna Island to execute patrols in Indonesia’s outermost region.

Indonesian student Reynhard Sinaga, jailed for life for 136 rapes in the UK, hinted at his ‘dark side’ in dissertation
News about an Indonesian national named Reynhard Sinaga, 36, being given a life sentence for raping dozens of men in the UK has made headlines all around the world for the shocking nature of his crimes.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Jakarta to ban single-use plastic bags by June
Shoppers in Jakarta will soon be unable to carry their groceries in single-use plastic bags as the Jakarta administration has issued a long awaited gubernatorial regulation banning such plastic bags from traditional and modern markets starting June this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian president plans to visit Natuna amid China’s violations
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is scheduled to visit Natuna District in Riau Islands Province in the midst of China’s ongoing violations in the Indonesian exclusive economic zone (EEZ) near the Natuna waters.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s 2019 budget deficit widens to 2.2 percent amid tax revenue short fall
Indonesia’s 2019 state budget deficit totaled 2.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), wider than the government’s target of 1.8 percent due a revenue shortfall of around Rp 207.9 trillion (US$15 billion).
— The Jakarta Post

Gas supply from Indonesia to Singapore will cease by 2023
By 2023, Indonesia’s Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is looking to stop supplying gas to Singapore via the Suban Blok Corridor Field.
— The Online Citizen

Jokowi Streamlines Flood Response as Death Toll Rises to 67
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday ordered government ministries and institutions to work together in close coordination to handle the aftermath of the floods that have decimated many areas in the Jakarta metropolitan area and some in Banten and South Kalimantan, as the death toll from Jakarta’s New Year’s Day floods rose to 67 with one person still unaccounted for.
— Jakarta Globe

International attorneys to defend Indonesia in WTO
The Trade Ministry of Indonesia is hiring a team of international attorneys to confront the European Union (EU) over the palm oil dispute before the World Trade Organization (WTO).
— Antara News

Indonesia to sign billions of dollars of energy and trade deals in Abu Dhabi
Indonesian President Joko Widodo will oversee the signing of $18.8 billion worth of energy and trade deals on a visit to Abu Dhabi, including Pertamina’s deal with Abu Dhabi National Oil Co to upgrade a West Java refinery, ministers said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Garuda Indonesia apologizes after family ‘detained’ for grumbling about flight
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has issued a formal apology for an incident in which a passenger and her family were “detained” after Garuda crew members accused her husband of insulting the airline.
— The Jakarta Post

Can BPJS Kesehatan survive? An assessment after drastic premium hikes
The new year 2020 marks a new phase for Indonesia’s universal healthcare program, the National Health Insurance (JKN), as the government is set to double its premiums for the first time since it started operations in 2014.
— The Jakarta Post

Government targets Rp89.6 trillion investment in new SEZs
The Indonesian government is looking for an investment of nearly Rp89.6 trillion in stages in the three special economic zones (SEZs) established through government regulations (PP).
— Antara News

Com. Gen. Gatot officially becomes deputy chief of Indonesian Police
Commissioner General Gatot Eddy Pramono officially became deputy chief of the Indonesian Police after a handover ceremony led by National Police Chief General Idham Azis here on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Natuna’s fish and shrimp exports increase steadily
The number of fish and shrimp products exported from Natuna District, Riau Islands Province, continued to increase in 2019 as recorded by regional Statistics Indonesia.
— Antara News

Indonesian FM Meets US, Iran Ambassadors After Trump Orders Killing of Iran’s Most Powerful General
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi met the ambassadors of the United States and Iran separately in Jakarta on Monday to express concerns over escalating tension between the two countries after US President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike that killed Iran’s most powerful general Qassem Suleimani on Friday.
— Jakarta Globe

Jakartans to File Class Action Against City Administration for Disastrous Flood Management
Jakarta’s provincial government is facing the prospect of a class action lawsuit from residents impacted by the disastrous New Year’s Day floods that have so far killed 67 people.
— Jakarta Globe

Natuna incident does not affect Chinese investment in Indonesia: BKPM
A recent maritime spat between Indonesia and China over the Natuna island chain in Riau Islands province has not affected investments between the two countries, according to a high-ranking official.
— The Jakarta Post

MUI to issue halal certification for Japanese companies
The Indonesian Ulema Council Food and Drug Analysis Agency (LPPOM MUI) has been assigned to handle halal certification in Japan to support the country’s campaign to attract Muslim tourists to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in its capital city.
— The Jakarta Post

F&B companies struggle to comply with halal certification requirements
Industry players, especially food and beverage producers, are struggling to comply with the mandatory halal certification regulation, specifically when it comes to fulfilling requirements related to product reaudits for adding new ingredients, halal storage, distribution and means of transportation.
— The Jakarta Post

Energy Ministry fixes 2020 coal DMO with new penalty mechanism
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has fixed this year’s coal domestic market obligation (DMO) rate at 25 percent of each mining company’s production with a selling price of US$70 per ton for power production.
— The Jakarta Post

Megawati Criticizes Country’s Disaster Early Warning System
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) chair Megawati Soekarnoputri expressed hopes that the Indonesian government would learn from Japan and its citizens in facing natural disasters.

Jokowi Makes Sudden Inspection on Flood Handling in Sukajaya
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has inspected the flood handling in Sukajaya sub-district, Bogor Regency today, January 7.

BMKG warns of heavy rain in Banten, West Java in week ahead
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned people in Banten and West Java to remain vigilant as heavy rainfall is expected to hit the area in the coming days.
— The Jakarta Post

Business Chamber Boss to Lead Indonesian Team in Tokyo Olympics
Rosan Perkasa Roeslani, chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, or Kadin, has been appointed as the country’s chef de mission for the Tokyo Olympics that will run from July 24.
— Jakarta Globe

Two Thais stand trial for possessing crystal meth
Two Thai nationals stood trial at the Denpasar District Court Tuesday on the charges of carrying 892 grams of crystal methamphetamine to the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
— Antara News

It is uneasy to crack down on drug smuggling in Riau Islands: BNNP
Chief of the Riau islands Provincial Anti-Narcotics Agency (BNNP), Brig. Gen (Pol) Richard Nainggolan, admitted there were difficulties in cracking down on illicit drug smuggling in the region, with its direct borders with Malaysia.
— Antara News

KPK Denies Current Chairman Firli Bahuri Accepted Graft
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has issued an official statement after the anti graft’s chairman, Firli Bahuri, was mentioned in a corruption court (Tipikor) trial involving defendant Muara Enim Regent, Ahmad Yani, on Tuesday.

Light Damage Reported From 6.1-Magnitude Earthquake Off Sumatra
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck near Sinabang in Aceh on Tuesday afternoon, causing light damage.
— Jakarta Globe

Police: Collapsed Building in Slipi Caused by Natural Corrosion
The Central Forensic Laboratory says the building that was collapsed in Palmerah, Slipi, West Jakarta was caused by the corrosion process.

Activists stand against mining policies, call for boycott of local elections
Environmental activists have criticized President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for rolling out the red carpet to mining investors at the expense of local people and have called for abstention during the 2020 regional elections as a form of protest.
— The Jakarta Post

Under Jokowi’s leadership, military creeps deeper into civilian life
The Indonesian Military (TNI) has regained and expanded its influence on civilian life more than two decades after the armed forces’ wings were clipped following the downfall of Indonesia’s then-authoritarian ruler Soeharto.
— The Jakarta Post

Colombian man found dead after swept away by waves off Bali’s Seminyak Beach
A Colombian tourist was found dead on Monday in Bali following hours of searching to locate the man who went missing after being swept away by strong waves off Seminyak Beach.
— The Jakarta Post

Quality first, numbers second: Stakeholders discuss tourism development in 2020
Tourism stakeholders are urging the authorities to look beyond tourist arrival targets and focus on improving infrastructure and sustainability to promote quality tourism as the country has fared worse compared to several neighboring countries, according to a recent survey.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta city councillors urged to donate 10 percent of salary to help flood victims
Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) deputy speaker M. Taufik has called on fellow council members to donate 10 percent of their salaries to those affected by the recent widespread flooding that hit parts of the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Chief Commits to Follow Through Novel Baswedan Case
Jakarta Metro Inspector General Chief of Police, Nana Sudjana, ensures that he will follow through with the acid attack case on Corruption Eradication Committee’s senior investigator, Novel Baswedan.

Capital City; SoftBank Eyeing to Invest $100 Bn, Luhut Says
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan claims the telecommunications and media company from Japan, SoftBank, is interested in funding the construction of Indonesia’s new capital city in East Kalimantan.

6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes Aceh, no tsunami warning issued
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck near the Aceh province mainland today, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), though, thankfully, no tsunami warning was issued.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Indonesia’s IT Ministry wants Netflix to stop streaming original content from other countries to make way for ‘Indonesian creatives’
Does anyone think that a single country can enforce protectionist policies against the global behemoth that is Netflix? Indonesia’s Communications and Information Minister Johnny G Plate seems to think so.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Cisumdawu toll road construction faces land clearing problems
Completion of the 62-kilometer-long Cisumdawu toll road, which will connect Bandung and Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java, is facing land clearing problems, particularly in two sections.
— The Jakarta Post

How Jakarta gets flooded: Experts take to Twitter to explain
Jakarta experienced the worst and deadliest flood in its history in the first days of 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

Constitutional Court rejects judicial review of Papua referendum
The Constitutional Court rejected on Monday a petition for a judicial review of several articles of Law No. 12/1969 on the establishment of the West Irian autonomous province and autonomous regencies in West Irian province.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi orders ministers, officials to speed up flood rescue efforts as death toll rises
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered his subordinates to speed-up disaster relief and rescue efforts in the areas that were hit by severe flooding that began on New Year’s Eve, including Greater Jakarta and Banten.
— The Jakarta Post

D+7 of Jakarta Flood; 697 People Still Displaced
Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) recorded as many as 697 people are still displaced on the seventh day of the severe Jakarta flood that hit on Wednesday, January 1.

Only 15 percent of Jakarta hit by recent floods, Anies says
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has implied that the majority of the capital was safe from the recent floods, claiming that floodwater only inundated 15 percent of Jakarta at the beginning of the year.
— The Jakarta Post

Reynhard Sinaga Found to Be Son of Property Tycoon in Depok
Parents of Reynhard Sinaga, the sexual predator that has just been convicted by The Manchester Court, was found to be a property owner in Pancoran Mas, Depok.

Ciledug district head apologizes for scolding volunteer during flood evacuations
The head of Ciledug district has apologized after a video of him shouting at a volunteer as evacuations took place in the flood-stricken district in Tangerang, Banten, caused a Twitterstorm.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi instructs local authority to halt illegal mining in Banten
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed the local authority to put a halt to illegal gold mining that has fueled deforestation in Banten Province to avoid the relapse of flash floods in future.
— Antara News

Netherlands returns 1,500 historical artifacts to Indonesia
The Dutch government has returned 1,500 historical artifacts to Indonesia, four years after an agreement was made with the Education and Culture Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

Padang activist defends Christians’ rights to hold Xmas Mass, arrested on hate speech charges
The West Sumatra police arrested on Tuesday an interfaith activist from rights group Pusaka, Sudarto, for allegedly spreading hate speech through Facebook.
— The Jakarta Post

Viral video shows family scolding restaurant employee after he was caught filming women in restroom
A male employee of a restaurant in Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta was caught by several female customers for allegedly filming women in the restroom, as seen in a video that has recently gone viral.
— Coconuts (paywall)

A sea of lanterns bedazzle Singkawang’s Chinese New Year celebrations
Singkawang City in West Kalimantan has been bedecked with some 10 thousand festive red lanterns, emblematic of the Chinese New Year, across the “1000 Chinese Temple” city.
— Antara News


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on the Indonesia floods.


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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